Actor Richard Clark as Clarence Darrow in his one-man show about the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial. Clark has become famous locally for his fast-paced and funny one-man shows about famous historical figures.
Actor Richard Clark as Clarence Darrow in his one-man show about the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial. Clark has become famous locally for his fast-paced and funny one-man shows about famous historical figures.
Television and stage actor Richard Clark will perform two very different shows on Tuesday, June 7, at the Camden Public Library. Both performances are free.

At 2 p.m., Clark will perform The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet: Shakespeare's Greatest Hits, in which he will portray 12 characters and perform 25 monologues. The pastiche includes lovesick Romeo, Antony obsessed with Cleopatra, and the treacherous and demented King Richard, among others. Admission is free, but registration for the afternoon performance, which is sponsored by Quarry Hill, is required. Call 230-6114 to reserve seats.

In the evening, Clark will perform his one-man show Clarence Darrow at 6:30 p.m at the Camden Public Library. The performance will be free and open to the public with no reservations required.

Darrow was the attorney who became famous as a spokesman for social justice for defending the Tennessee high school teacher John Scopes in the1925 "Monkey Trial." Scopes was charged with violating a state law that barred public schools from teaching the theory of evolution.

Clark developed Clarence Darrow from his own research, and incorporated books and letters about the trial and the work of other playwrights. The Clark version depicts an intense courtroom drama with some comic elements.

Clark has developed and performed several one-man shows at the Camden Public Library, including Andrew Carnegie and Ernest Hemingway.

In a 30-year career in theater and television, Clark appeared in The Kennedys of Massachusetts, Saturday Night Live, Guiding Light and As the World Turns.

Clark's evening performance is part of the library's "American Cultural Journey" series of speakers, movies, concerts and events through the summer. The series will conclude August 13 with a reading by historian David McCullough.